The author has already produced a number of successful books reviewing aspects of the Crimean War. This new book is part of the popular Voices From The Past – Much Recommended.
NAME: Voices From The Past, The Siege of Sevastopol 1845-1855, The War in the Crimea Told Through Newspaper Reports, Official Documents and the Accounts of Those Who Were There FILE: R2640 AUTHOR: Anthony Dawson PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline BINDING: hard back PAGES: 269 PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: French Army, British Army, Russian Army, Russian expansion, Franco-British Alliance, Crimea, Black Sea, siege warfare, logistics ISBN: 1-84832-957-1 IMAGE: B2640.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y7jpwf8t LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The author has already produced a number of successful books reviewing aspects of the Crimean War. This new book is part of the popular Voices From The Past – Much Recommended. The Voices From The Past series has proved very popular with historians and enthusiasts because it is primary source information. There is a photo plate section that provides some interesting images with generous captions, making into a fascinating study of a war which has several direct lessons for today. As the original source material shows, the war was difficult and contained many weaknesses in the Franco-British Alliance. This was perhaps to be expected because it was the first time in a thousand years where English/British soldiers were to fight alongside French soldiers, all the more remarkable because the last French defeat, by the British at Waterloo was in living memory, and both armies included officers and men who had fought each other at Waterloo. Just to make the situation more challenging, the Allies had to bring their reinforcements, ammunition and supplies through the Mediterranean, through the narrow Straight with Turkey on both sides, and into the Black Sea, where Russia had home ports and warships. The Allied convoys then had to unload in the single available port which was under threat of being cut off from the British and French armies. The Crimea was the last war the British fought under the old methods of commissioning officers, where social rank and money was more important than merit. This old system led to a number of embarrassing failures of which the Charge of the Light Brigade was the most notable, being an action that was misdirected, but still achieved tactical victory, only to be turned into failure by a lack of support to consolidate the initial gains. This book contains many different prespectives, a number of which have not been aired together before.